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Horns fall to taller South

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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KINGSPORT— The football players for Sullivan South are back and they’re starting to shape up into championship form. Johnson County got a taste of why the Rebels were picked to win the Three Rivers Conference on Monday night in Colonial Heights. They dropped a 64-51 contest allowing South to remain undefeated in league play at 4-0. The Rebels lost its first four games of the season after the football team’s deep playoff run with six of its top performers. But the return of those are now starting to pay dividends for the boys from Colonial Heights.
“Our goals was to be undefeated in league play at the Christmas break,” said head coach Mark Pendleton. “We ran some zone defense which hurt them. I think our length caused them some problems. We also got some good play on the inside too.” That size included a 6’7 and another 6’6 player in the post. Johnson County’s head coach Austin Atwood touched on that.
“We knew their size would hurt us,” said Atwood. “We were hoping to steal a win on the road but it’s hard to do that here. The loss at North hurt us. That’s one we let get away.”
The Longhorns trailed 27-15 in the first half after a poor shooting performance. They finally started chipping away in the fourth quarter.
They trailed 47-33 entering the final frame but managed to whittle the deficit to single digits. But the turnovers and first half shooting woes would be too much for them to overcome on this night.
“We fell behind too much, too early,” added Atwood. “It’s hard to fight back when you dig yourself a hole like we did.”

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